Elkhart IN

Josephine Nadolny only had one job, working for Selmer Band Instruments. When she retired in 2000 she had worked there for 58 years! Over that time she developed the first instrument parts catalog, which included drawings and specs for each and every part a repair shop might need. She later became...
Mike Neely is a supervisor on the plant floor for the Conn-Selmer factory in Elkhart, Indiana, the very factory he began working in nearly 40 years before.  He began working in the music industry with Selmer in the 1970s and remained with the company in the early 2000s when it merged with its...
Tom Ott began training in the tool and die business right after high school at which point he was hired by the CG Conn Company in Elkhart, Indiana to work in the factory.  Tom has been there ever since!  Tom’s work has been focused on making jigs, dies and machine tools for the process of musical...
Rob Palmer served as president of UMI (United Musical Instruments) in the final years of the company before the brands it manufactured were sold to other companies. UMI played an important role in the transition of several products in Elkhart, Indiana, during the 1990s and early into 2000. At the...
Naomi Peer recalls the days Danny Henkin brought the CG Conn Company back to Elkhart, Indiana in the 1980s, which is when she first began working for the company.  She stayed on during the merge with Selmer in 2003 and has witnessed many changes within the industry.  As an office worker, Naomi...
Steve Peer has a very interesting take on the 1971 fire that destroyed the Crown International factory in Elkhart, Indiana. Steve just joined the company a few months before the Thanksgiving Day fire but was told the factory started in two chicken coops. Over the years the factory was expanded a...
Sandy Peffley was hired by her uncle who owned the Armstrong Flute Company, when Sandy was just out of high school.  She stayed with the company when it was sold to Selmer and again when it merged with Conn in 2003.  Like so many factory workers in the plant, Sandy enjoys the precision work of the...
Bernice Pelmear began working in the Selmer factory in Elkhart, Indiana in 1973.  She was trained by veteran co-workers, a tradition she carried on as a trainer years later.  Her work focused on assembling oboes and bassoons and continued on after the merge with Conn.
Don Peterson wore many hats during the 21 years he worked for Crown International in Elkhart, Indiana. He began on the factory floor in QA Factory Services before working in the Engineering Services, Technical Services, and Field Services departments. Don enjoyed each position he had including as...
Bud Reglein’s uncle formed a small mouthpiece company in Elkhart, IN and named it J.J. Babbitt as he felt it sounded better than Jessie James Babbitt. Bud took over the company in 1939 and, in the 1940s, engineered a custom facing machine to ensure each mouthpiece made could be consistent, thus...

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